|brent timothy saner on 19 Sep 2017 14:26:12 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] plug Digest, Vol 154, Issue 34|
On 09/19/2017 05:22 PM, Greg Helledy wrote: > > On 9/19/2017 4:05 PM, email@example.com wrote: >> rather than tell you what*i* use, i'ma ask some questions here to find >> out what's best for*you*. >> >> do you plan on implementing separate networks? > > I don't plan to now, but would like to be able to in the future (thus a > model with 4 LAN ports instead of 2). > >> >> do you like to dig deep into the internals and making them perform >> *exactly* how you like even if it takes a lot of time, or are you more >> interested in getting a configuration set up that "mostly works" like >> you want it to as long as it's a quick setup? >> >> (similarly, do you prefer to grok what you set up or do you prefer >> turnkey applications?) >> do you need/want a graphical (web) interface? if not, do you prefer >> something more "*nix-y" (managing services directly) or more >> "appliance-y" (abstraction layer/CLI specifically designed for the role >> is present)? >> >> do you want to pay money for it? > > All good questions. I intend for this device to be pretty much an > appliance, shuffling bits back and forth for months on end without me > logging in. Basically like my Tomato router, but with more powerful > hardware and more expandability down the road, if I want to VPN into my > home computers or have a second LAN to separate my PC from a Smart TV. > > In that kind of use, I'll probably forget the details of how things work > between logins and would benefit from a UI that guides me to a working > solution quickly, even if it's not the most efficient possible. That > said, it should have a terminal app for when the situation arises that > the designers didn't have in mind and being able to edit a config is > essential. It should have a web UI and OSS components are preferred > over proprietary ones. > > I don't think I need to pay money, I know I can use the community > edition of ClearOS (once upon a time Clarkconnect) for free and I don't > need handholding as long as the product is not still in a beta stage of > maturity. > > It didn't occur to me that there would be a Wikipedia page to answer > this question, although it's still just a list, not representing the > collective wisdom of this group as to which are better for my purpose. > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_router_and_firewall_distributions > while i personally don't use it as part of my infra, i've used enough of it for various testing and documentation- it sounds like you definitely want pfSense. it has that blend of "appliance-y not DIY, not-consumer-but-not-enterprise," etc. that it sounds like you're looking for.
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